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Long-term fasting is harmful to the kidneys, NAFDAC warns

Long-term fasting is harmful to the kidneys, NAFDAC warns

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned Nigerians against fasting for long periods of time because it is harmful to their kidneys.

Prof. Adeyeye, who blamed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria on prolonged fasting by some religious adherents, insisted that those who fast for religious reasons must moderate their fasting.

She spoke yesterday in Abuja while briefing the media on her agency’s breakthrough in tracking a large consignment of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin.

On the high rate of kidney problems in the country, she said:  “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.

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“Your body has to have homeostatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs function.

“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only a little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in an exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter.”

Adeyeye, who tasked Nigerians to fast but with common sense, added:  “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise, we will pay with our kidneys.

Long-term fasting is harmful to the kidneys, NAFDAC warns

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